AIFF Media Team
MEN, MALDIVES: The head coach of the Indian team, Igor Stimac, admitted that “we ourselves are guilty for not winning the game against Bangladesh.”
Speaking about India’s first game, he mentioned: “We had everything under control, we dominated the game and we had a one-to-zero lead, and we even had a one-man lead. But despite all that, for some unknown reasons, we started giving away simple passes, making unnecessary mistakes. And if you increase your opponent’s confidence, that’s how it ends when you give it a chance. “
India lost the lead to a 10-man Bangladesh when their first match at the 2021 SAFF Championship ended 1-1. India will then play Sri Lanka on their next match day (October 7). The Blue Tigers had their recovery session in the gym today and will return to training camp tomorrow (October 6).
Referring to the match against Bangladesh, Stimac added: “Today we were punished for not being reasonable in certain situations and for not using our experience. This is an experienced Indian team. I expected much more because too many times there was unnecessary nervousness, and that is difficult to explain ”.
With the medical team working tirelessly with the players, there are no current concerns, and everyone is available for the match against Sri Lanka.
“Now we are looking forward to the next game. We have another three games in the group stage in which we have to play well. The boys played very good football for more than 75 minutes: progressive football, passing the ball reasonably and getting into dangerous positions, ”Stimac said.
“But 15 minutes is too much in an international match for not being organized and making many mistakes.” The start of the India vs. Sri Lanka match is at 4.30pm IST on October 7, and the match will be broadcast live on Eurosport.